We recently completed the filming of our Third Running Brothers Movie. In the movie we will be featuring the Invisible Shoe. Somehow, the makers of the Invisible Shoe found us online and sent us a pair of shoes to try out.
The Invisible Shoe is designed to help barefoot runners. The Invisible Shoe is a sandal that you can use when running. The sandal is designed to protect the feet of those people who are interested in barefoot running.
We previously posted an article about Huaraches, which is essentially the same thing as the Invisible Shoe.
If you enjoyed our first two-part Running Brothers Movie, this one blows that one out of the water. I don’t want to give away our movie, but all I can say is . . . you will never laugh harder.
If you’re interested in barefoot running and want to check out Invisible Shoes go here: InvisibleShoe.com“
On the rock-hard mattress in a Lassen Hall dorm room at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo my brother woke me up.
He stumbled to the bathroom.
“Are you ok?” I asked.
“I don’t feel so good,” he said.
And then it came . . . this grotesque vomitting noise from the bathroom . . . the dry heaves made me nautious. I went to check on my brother. He was shaking violently. This was not good.
Earlier that day, my Mom, sister, brother and I had packed our bags and were headed for San Luis Obispo. We have been to San Luis Obispo every Summer for as long as I could remember. My Dad runs a two-week journalism workshop for High School students who live all across the United States, the California Scholastic Press Association workshop.
The CSPA Workshop has been conducted at the Cal Poly campus every Summer. And this Summer was its 60th Anniversary. My Dad has been running the workshop for the past 30 years. He attended the workshop himself when he was in High School.
He came back every Summer since then, first as a counselor, then an instructor, then as the man in charge.
It was as a counselor that he met my mother.
Eleven or so years later, I was born and three years after I popped out the Running Brothers were complete.
My Mom grew up in San Luis Obispo and although she moved down south for college and eventually settled in Chino Hills, she still loved making her way back to her home town. As kids, we would stay for two weeks at my Grandmother’s House. My Grandma passed away roughly a decade ago, but my Aunt and Uncle still live in the city.
Needless to say, The Running Brothers have a strong connection with San Luis Obispo . . . (If you’re a real Running Brother hero, then you’d know that this is where our Running Brother’s journey began)
The trip from Chino Hills to San Luis Obispo was as smooth as could be. Although, afterwards, my brother complained that I talked way too much and that I didn’t listen to anything he said . . . but that’s besides the point.
We reached our destination after 9 PM and quickly headed to bed.
And that’s when I knew that something was wrong with my brother. Watching him shiver while dry-heaving into the toilet at the dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo scared me. He said he was fine, but deep down, I knew that he wasn’t. I was hoping that it was something that would go away by the morning. Eventually, Rocky made his way to bed and with two days until our Triathlon in San Luis Obispo, I feared that he wouldn’t make it.
It’s been almost a month since my last post which is utterly amazing, considering that I had been writing nearly a post a day since the beginning of the year. Many of you have been fortunate enough to see Rocky’s posts and his adventures in San Luis Obispo.
In the upcoming weeks, I hope to fill you in on my side of the story and share with you what I have been up to the past month. It has been a wild ride and I am extremely optimistic about what the future has in store for me and The Running Brothers.
My posts have dissipated because my sister and I recently started our own social media company, appropriately titled Welborn Social Media. Our company began as a reslut of the countless hours that my sister and I had put into The Tutoring Solution, a tutoring company I own in Chino Hills and The Running Brothers. Many local businesses really liked what we were doing with our Facebook and Twitter pages and some even requested that we work for them.
Welborn Social Media has kept me very busy this last giving presentations to a variety of different companies and setting up Facebook, Twitter, Blog, LinkedIn, and YouTube pages for several businesses. Currently, we are working with a Scrapbooking company, a local Golf Course, and a Computer Company.
As a result, I have not had much time to train, but plan on getting back into it in the near future.
If you’re interested in my tutoring company, visit The Tutoring Solution website at www.thecatutoringsolution.com.
If you’re interested in the work we are doing in Social Media, please visit –
- The Scrapbook Expo Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/zeb.welborn?v=photos#!/SCRAPBOOKEXPO
- The Scrapbook Expo Twitter Page – http://twitter.com/#!/ScrapbookExpo
- The Los Serranos Country Club Blog – www.losserranoscc.com
- The Los Serranos Country Club Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/zeb.welborn?v=photos#!/LosSerranosCC
- The Los Serranos Country Club Twitter Page – http://twitter.com/#!/LosSerranosCC
- The Los Serranos Country Club YouTube Page – http://www.youtube.com/user/LosSerranosCC
- The Los Serranos Country Club LinkedIn Page – http://www.linkedin.com/company/los-serranos-country-club
What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about running as well as truthfully living in the moment, although it may sound cliché it is something I work for each and everyday.
What is one thing that you think everyone should do in life?
I think everyone should pick one thing in their life they think they could never accomplish and find the necessary tools to reach that goal no matter what it may be.
What is the best advice you can give when it comes to running?
I would say consistency is key; running is not a seasonal thing it is a lifetime commitment, one that is affected by all aspects of your life.
How long have you worked at A Snail’s Pace?
I have worked here for 2 years and 9 months.
When we came to try on shoes at A Snail’s Pace, you had us get on a device that analyzed our feet. Can you tell us more about that?
First we place them on a foot pressure analysis device to measure their foot length, arch type, and even metatarsal pressure. After that we bring out a neutral test shoe that is one-half or even one size bigger than the machine said to allow room for swelling and downhill running. Once they have the neutral shoe on we watch them run down the center of the store and we look at the amount of over pronation of each foot stride, meaning where the person is pushing off of their foot. This helps us decide what three or four shoes will be best for the individual whether a neutral shoe is best or even stability or motion control.
What are your greatest memories involving working at A Snail’s Pace?
There are many but two great stories come to mind…
The first is about a guy who came into the store about a year ago and he had told me he was not training for anything he just wanted to lose some weight, so I fit him for the shoes I thought were best and about a week ago he came back in and I did not even recognize him, he had lost so much weight. And being the outgoing person I am I asked him if he had shopped with us before and his wife told me that I was the one to fit him for his first pair of running shoes and he also thanked me for helping him lose 125 pounds, he said I “helped changed his life.”
The second was when The Running Brothers came in and brightened my day with their goofy jokes and love for exercising and running together.
What did you think of The Running Brothers when you met them?
When I first met the Running Brothers I had asked them if they had ever been told that they looked like the Step Brothers. As promised I watched their video right after work and proceeded to show my friends it was very entertaining, I believe I watched the first one. My favorite part was the graphics included throughout the clip.
What race would you encourage others to participate in?
Taylor’s Wish 5k-great cause
Do you work for anyone else besides A Snail’s Pace?
Cornerstone Therapies- I’m currently interning for them
Do you support any charities?
Make A Wish Foundation-charity very close to my heart
Who’s your hero?
My mom Therese Lowrie: inspiration
Has anyone helped you out with your running career?
Nick Longo: Strength and Conditioning Coach. My coach John Elders. And probably most often from my dad Ed Lowrie.
What else do you love?
I love working with children, I love how they are so carefree about life and they always brighten my day!
Any websites or magazines that you would like to tell others about?
Well of course (anything) from A Snail’s Pace, also I read Runner’s World magazine.